Top 10 Bay Area COVID-Friendly Places to Grab a Cocktail

Updated: Feb 18

If it is one thing us Bay Area locals like, it is a good Cocktail! Here are our top 10 picks (in no particular order) on where to escape the heat and enjoy a cocktail in the Bay Area. Many of these picks are also local restaurants that benefit from our support during COVID!

1. La Tapatia in Concord

Our flavors of Authentic Jalisco Cuisine will keep you coming back for more. Our specialty dishes include our mouth-watering “World Famous” Sizzling Fajitas and an array of seafood delights. Thirsty? Indulge yourself with one of our finest 100 Tequilas or try the La Tapatia 32oz Monster Margarita. All made with 100% Agave.


2. Vinnie's Bar & Grill in Concord

A casual eatery offering breakfast, pub grub & drinks, pool tables, dartboards, backyard smoking patio, and live music.


Vinnie's Bar & Grill is located in downtown Concord one block from Todos Santos Park. Source:

3. Canasta Kitchen in Concord

If you grew up in a Latino household, you may have once asked your mom or Abuelita why their food was SO good. What did they put in it? The answer may have been, "es Porque lo hice con Amor!" , "Because I made it with love." That's the secret ingredient in each Canasta street taco, tostada, and burrito you sink your teeth into. It's made with love for our culture, and with a deep appreciation for our cuisine. You'll taste fresh ingredients, crisp vegetables, and tender, juicy meat. We take pride in serving the freshest food possible.


4. Moresi's Chophouse in Clayton

Located in the beautiful historic Clayton California. Moresi's is a casual standby with a patio offering a classic steakhouse menu, clever cocktails & many wines. A great place to share with friends and family!


5. Modern China in Walnut Creek

Located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, Modern China Cafe is a lively, high energy lounge with a great atmosphere, spectacular fire-pit seating, authentic Chinese cuisine, and a fantastic mixology bar. Serving up small plates and dim sum, as well as family-style portions, Modern China is the perfect place to relax and enjoy several different dishes, sharing with friends and family. 


6. Jack's Restaurant & Bar in Pleasant Hill

It’s a family run business with a focus on genuine, old school hospitality. Jack welcomes guests with an extensive menu that reflects the Marcovici family’s Greek-American heritage and the natural bounty of their California home. You can count on Jack’s for an omelet and coffee before work and a cocktail or a beer after you’ve clocked out. Drop by for a light bite for lunch, a nice dinner, or a quick burger after the movie. We also like to party – so plan on celebrating life’s milestones with us – birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, and more.


7. Waterfront Grill & Cafe in Pittsburg

At The Waterfront Grill & Cafe, we have created an elevated, honest, and seasonally minded menu, focusing on ultra-fresh ingredients. Our Experienced Chef de Cuisine, Esteban, makes sure each dish is prepared fresh with quality ingredients. We are dedicated to providing a great dining experience for our guests. Our Ingredients are delivered fresh daily and we partner with local vendors in order to provide freshness and great tasting dishes.


8. EJ Phair Brewing Company in Alamo

A trendy microbrewery features a modern taproom with craft beers on tap, wood-fired pies & live music.


9. The Growler in Danville

Ruggie and Carole Van Muijen are residents of Danville, and Ruggie grew up in the Bay Area. He has been in the restaurant industry for 44 years, 35 of those with his own business in the local area, and Carole has taught cooking at Monte Vista High School for the past decade. The Growler has evolved over the years from starting out as a craft beer-focused bar to becoming a neighborhood restaurant & pub with a cozy, familiar feel. Located just off the Iron Horse Trail, we are a favorite with cyclists, walkers, families, and dog owners looking for a place to sit down and enjoy a cold beer, cocktail, and some delicious food from our diverse menu. 


10. Cocina Medina in Antioch

Family Patio and Dining. Savory Menu includes Sizzling Fajitas, Shrimp Platters, Warm Chips & Fresh Salsa, Great Margaritas and more!!!

Source: Cocina Medina Facebook Page

Rebecca Loboschefsky Concord Realtor is a top real estate agent serving Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Antioch, and the surrounding San Francisco East Bay communities.